Hartford: H. and F.J. Huntington, 1831. A scarce early - perhaps the earliest - instructional book for women on why calisthentics are essential both for maintaining good health and the improvement of their minds. The book is written as a series of letters from a mother, identified as "M" who begins with letters about the importance of of physical education for children. She then proceeds to offer instructions and exercises for women to do themselves and to train their daughters. There are sixty-two charming illustrations that show women how they should perform their calisthentics. Ex-library with library stamp for a New Hampshire doctor's office debossed on title page. Below the stamp "Bring it back"" is written in blue pencil. Bound in brown cloth with no titling to cover or spine. Boards are worn with sun fading to cloth along edges. The front joint is slightly cracked. A few minor stained spots on front and rear covers. Rounded corners. Cracked hinges. Front and rear endpapers are toned, foxed. Offsetting to title page and free front endpaper as well as to the rear free endpapers. Text pages are lightly aged. Small closed tears to fore-edge margins of pages 49-54 not affecting text.Occasional pencil underlining. A nice copy in quite good condition of this delightful manual. Measures 4.25 x 6.75 inches. 87 pages. MED/050823.
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Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2020. Paperback. Number 4 of 10 copies. Just before the Pandemic lock-down started in March 2020, Lauren Emeritz participated a letterpress workshop with Amos Paul Kennedy. Inspired to print, but not able to use the press in the studio due to the Pandemic, Emeritz began printing in a makeshift print studio in her home. Using wood type, a Vandercook 99, and hand-inking, she printed on chipboard, an inexpensive and accessible substrate. The prints include words and phrases from during that time early in the pandemic (March to May 2020). This collection of 36 prints is housed in an orange folding case with velcro closure and title on the spine and front panels. Size: 8.5 x 5.5 inches. ARTB/081723. Fine.
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1890. Hardcover. A detailed account of the construction of Johns Hopkins Hospital illustrated with 56 plates. The plates include photographic illustrations of interiors and exteriors (including pipes and boiler rooms), floor plans of each building, and sectional views. The text reprints the addresses given at the opening of the hospital and includes a discussion of the grounds, building arrangement, and plan preparation, as well as a statement about each building and its systems: heating, water, sewage, lighting, telephones, clocks, administration building, kitchen building, nurses' home, amphitheater, bath house, isolating ward, octagon ward, dispensary, etc. Bound in three quarter black leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. While a beautiful production, this book is unfortunately dampstained along the edge of the text-block, which affects about a quarter of each page. Some pages have visible dampstaining and some are just rippled. Luckily, the margins are quite wide and the staining remains in the margins of most pages. The edges of the boards are dampstained as well and the marbled paper is chipped along the edges. The leather covering the spine is heavily worn and chipped. The front hinge is cracked and the front cover is nearly detached. The covers are rubbed and worn. Full marbled edges and marbled endpapers. A scarce title, this is still a good reading / reference copy despite the noted damage. Size: Folio. 116 pages of text plus 56 plates. MED/111419. Good.
London and New York: Routledge, . Hardcover. First Edition. A reproduction of Global Crime Volume 10 / Issue 4. Includes nine essays on the historic theories of violence from Machiavelli, modern armed conflict and the killing of civilians, violence in a global perspective, economic sanctions in Iraq, a public health perspective of violence, and more. Fine in blue paper covered boards with white title to spine and front cover. Light rubbing to covers, else fine. Pristine interior. Issued without dust jacket. 144 pages plus advertisement. PSYCH/080912. Fine.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2023. Hardcover. Number 19 of 42 copies. Signed by Tannenbaum, Richards, Malcolm, and Walker. Quarto. A parody of Lewis Carroll's "Hunting of the Snark", written during the COVID-19 quarantine, that involves an expedition to cure infectious diseases by procuring a tissue sample from the elusive Snark, which is said to have immunity to all germs. Unfortunately, all but one of the crew members takes ill and dies from one of the diseases they set out to cure. Includes the Snark Map and a table of diseased crew members. The author of the introduction, which discusses infectious diseases during Carroll's lifetime is Catherine Anne Richards (1963). She is a retired English paediatric surgeon with a passion for Carrollinia. The author of this parody, Alison Crane Tannenbaum (1946), is a neurobiologist that spent most of her career in biomedical research at the National Institute of Health. Bound in red cloth boards with leatherette title label to front cover and gilt title to spine. Printed in New Caledonia type on Velin BFK Rives paper by George Walker and Andy Malcolm. With wood engravings by Walker, made from end grain end grain maple wood. The engravings of each crew member are underprinted with engravings based on photographs of viruses, which were provided by the author. Housed in slipcase covered in same cloth as book with gilt titling to cover and spine. In fine condition. 54 pages. PRI/030923. Fine.
New York: Macmillan Company, 1898. Hardcover. Collins (1866-1950) was an American neurologist and founder of the New York Neurological Institute. Very good in red cloth boards with faded gilt title to spine. Illustrated with 20 figures. Red "gift" stamp to rear endpage; otherwise, the interior is very clean. 432 pages with appendices. Very Good.
Basel: Benno Schwabe & Co., 1961. Paperback. Heinrich Bircher was a surgeon, demographer, and military doctor. Very good in original tan paper wrappers with black title to front cover. In German. Includes frontispiece, diagrams, and illustrations. Stamp on front free endpage from previous book store. 88 pages. In German. GER/2153. Very Good.
Maureen Cummins, 2016. Hardcover. Number 34 of 40 copies. Signed the artist. In this powerful work, noted book artist Maureen Cummins investigates the dark side of the history of psychosurgery, as exemplified by the career of Doctor Walter Freeman (1895-1972), a professor of neurology who became known as the father of lobotomy by single-handedly popularizing the pre-frontal lobotomy in America. Although he had no formal training in either surgery or psychology, Freeman modified the traditional procedure for lobotomies by driving ice picks through his patients’ eye sockets rather than drilling into the skull to sever nerve connections in the prefrontal cortex to treat mental illness. Despite his championing of his procedure he admitted that lobotomies often created childlike behavior or a vegetative state in patients. Hundreds of patients died. The controversial procedure also raised numerous questions about patients’ rights, the abuse of institutional power, and the disproportionate targeting of women. Of the more than 3000 patients that Freeman operated on, two-thirds were women. Cummins uses physical rape as an analogy for neurological penetration, a form of sexualized violence that was perpetuated for decades in the name of medical progress. She visualizes this by a series of laser cut holes that bore through each page, becoming smaller page by page.The holes penetrate reproduced images of lobotomy patients’ heads and on the last page the title “The Rapist” becomes “Therapist?” The images of women are from 'before-and-after” photos used in Freeman’s textbook, which are re-contextualized, with lines of typography serving as blindfolds, reclaiming for these women a measure of dignity, humanity, and anonymity. The pages of the book are laser-cut aluminum with silkscreen-printed text and imagery. The covers are also laser-cut aluminum with a large hole that reveals the subsequent holes and "The" and "rapist" on either side of the cover's hole. The pages are attached to the cover by two ring binders. Housed in an aluminum box with a metal title label affixed to the top. In fine condition. 16 pages. 24” x 9” x 1” open 12” x 9” x 1 closed. ARTISTSB/100419. Fine.
Venetius: Apud Baltassarem Constantinum, 1553. Hardcover. An early medical work in Latin on the causes and symptoms of various illnesses and ailments. The author and the editor were both medical doctors. Bound in early brown leather. It is partially rebacked on a lighter brown leather spine with a fragment of the original spine; the original cover is also attached to the later boards. Leather is chipped, bumped and has a few small holes. The bottom of the title page was cut away after the date and is attached to a blank page. It is discolored and has a light ownership signature. Has printer's device. First signature is loose but still attached to text block. The final few pages also have discolorations not affecting the text. The index precedes the text. Pages are generally clean and bright with occasional spotting, and toning to the margins. Occasional margin notes and underlining. A nice copy overall. Measures 4 x 6.5 inches. 207,  pages. MEDIC/022123. Very Good -.
San Francisco: McSweeney's Publishing, 2006. The publications issued through Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern stand out for their inventiveness and variety. The editor writes: "McSweeney's Issue 19, our first issue of 2006, turns toward earlier and equally uncertain years, traveling back by way of pamphlets, info-cards, and letters addressing bygone conflicts and still-constant concerns. Expect, among other recovered works, carefree strategies for insurgencies in Nicaragua, astrological advice for the Nixon/Agnew campaigner, sanguine guidance for the soldier stationed in the Middle East at mid-century, and commonsense reinforcement for the doughboy drifting toward a gonorrhea infection." Hidden at the bottom is the actual book of new fiction writing. It's highlighted by T. C. Boyle's amazing novella, "Wild Child," which fictionalizes the real story of a feral child, abandoned to the French forest in the late 1700s, and the attempts to rehabilitate him as he became an object of fascination in Parisian society. The assortment of items included are housed in a colorful decorated "cigar box" with military images to the covers and sides. The box and its contents are all in fine condition. LIT/112623. Fine.
New York and London: Plenum Press, 1980. Hardcover. Belonged to microbiologist Daniel Nathans and is signed by him. Very good+ black paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Light bumping to spine ends. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations and diagrams throughout. In black dust jacket with white title to spine panel. Minor edgewear to dust jacket includes minor creasing and chipping. Index, 620 pages. Medical. MED/9192. Very Good + in Very Good DJ.
Basel: S. Karger, 1952. Hardcover. Very good very thick 8vo., blue cloth boards w/faded spine, gilt titling. Interior bright and clean w/no foxing. Binding nice and tight except for crack between title page and subsequent page. Polyglot text in English, French, and German. Many diagrams, charts, graphs, etc. 1143 pp. Medicine. MED/5023. Very Good.
Baltimore: J.W. Borst & Co, 1881. Paperback. Gundry was the superintendent of the Maryland Hospital for the Insane and a professor of Mental Disease in the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Baltimore. This article is reprinted from the Transactions of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, 1881. Sewn with green paper wrappers titled in black on front wrapper. Minor wear to edges and light foxing to covers. Clean interior. 22 pages. MED/060722. Very Good.
Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company, (1971). Softcover. Very good in blue and white illustrated paper wrappers with white title to front and spine panels. Minor yellowing, rubbing, and creasing to wrappers and laminate on wrappers is peeling off. Light highlighting on several pages. Light yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Index, 115 pages. MED/092117. Very Good.
Paris: Goujon fils, An X, . Hardcover. First Edition of this famous work. Jean Itard (1774-1838) was a French doctor who was known as an educator of deaf-mutes. He tried to test his educational theories in the celebrated case of Victor - The Wild Boy - of Aveyron. The boy was found in the woods in a feral state and was believed to have lived there for years. Itard worked to make the boy “normal,” but failed. In this first report Itard was optimistic about the feral child’s prospects for language acquisition and socialization. In his 1807 second report his conclusions were much more pessimistic, as even after a number of years of intensive education the boy had been unable to learn to speak. Itard’s methods, described in his two reports, were based upon the philosopher Condillac’s analytical approach to the acquisition of knowledge, which had been used with success in the teaching of deaf-mutes. However, Itard created a new system of pedagogy in adapting this approach to the needs of this extraordinary boy. [Haskell Norman Catalog 1144]. A small octavo bound in modern marbled brown paper covered boards with gilt-stamped spine. Lacking the frontispiece portrait of the “Wild Boy” and trimmed a bit closely at the top margin, otherwise very good with minor foxing. With two minor early corrections to pages 45-46 and an early marginal ink comment to page 7. Signed as usual by Itard and Goujon on the verso of the title page to prevent piracy. 100 pages. Very Good.
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1988. Hardcover. A brief history of Hopkins University with a spotlight on several important doctors and contributors. Gift bookplate to front pastedown. Thin 4to. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Clean and bright. In white dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Housed in a blue cloth covered slipcase. Minor wear and rubbing to edges and panels of slipcase. 36 pages. BALT/042121. Fine / Fine.
München: Druck und Verlag Carl Kuhn, 1910. Paperback. Facsimile reprint of the first known edition of this book on obstetrics from 1500. Bound in brown paper wrappers with black title to edge of spine. Covers and spine are browned and chipped. Browning to end papers. Several signatures are loose. Approximately 50 pages. GER/022099. Very Good.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Viewpoint Editions, 2015. Number 3 of 10 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. This handsome and intriguing work is from well-known artist Dorothy "Dot" Krause. In her artist's statement she describes her work: "My work includes large scale mixed media pieces, artist books and book-like objects that bridge between these two forms. It embeds archetypal symbols and fragments of image and text in multiple layers of texture and meaning. It combines the humblest of materials, plaster, tar, wax and pigment, with the latest in technology to evoke the past and herald the future. My art-making is an integrated mode of inquiry that links concept and media in an ongoing dialogue - a visible means of exploring meaning. " "PreScribe" exemplifies her artistic philosophy. This work offers a statement on the medical and pharmaceutical professions and also the impact of opioid drugs in our current society. As Dot states on the title page, Prescribe "is from the Latin prae +scribere to write previously, to recommend, advise, authorize or order the use of a drug or other remedy." In this portfolio, images are printed on pages from a prescription ledger kept by a pharmacy in the late 1800’s and housed in a black paper over boards box covered with prescription images and lined with red handmade paper. The imagery is taken from work that was produced during an Artist-in-Residency at Harvard’s Countway Library, one of the world’s leading collections of medical history. Photographs of their anatomical specimens, medical artifacts, rare books and manuscripts are incorporated. The processes include prints onto the ledger pages using Pronto, Toray and Solar intaglio and planographic plates and Gocco screens. The title page, introduction and colophon are letterpress printed on Rives BFK tan. The font used for the title is “Ambulance Shotgun” by Guillaume Seguin. Completed at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Boca Raton, Florida. The book measures 11.5 x 17.25 inches and is housed in a box 12 x 18” inches. 9 pages + title/introduction and colophon. In fine condition. ARTB/011524. Fine.
Barcelona: Printed at The Folio Club for Sandra March, 2014. Hardcover. Number 83 of 100 copies signed and numbered by Sandra March. Text in Spanish, Catalan, and English. March is a talented young book and installation artist. With this work she draws a metaphorical, graphic, and auditory journey captured by words, illustrations, and sound. Thus the contents comprise the book, two posters, and a CD. She writes that this project has a scientific basis with a therapeutic and artistic impulse, starting on a subconscious level after losing both her sister and her father from heart diseases. The journey goes from a symbolic loss of the heart until its restoration, through a tour of the beautiful and varied morphology of the cardiac systems of thirty-one different animals and the sounds of their heartbeats. The heartbeat sounds are from a jellyfish, starfish, black widow spider, giant tortoise, Nile crocodile, frog, parakeet, and human being among many others There were a number of contributors to this project, including the biologist Francesc Uribe Porta, sound engineer Vicente Rosati, and illustrator Raquel Bullon. Bound in a white cardboard CD case, with posters attached to the back cover by a pink elastic band and CD held on the middle fold of the case. In fine condition. 58 pages. PRI/042715. Fine.
Chicago: Surgical Publishing Company of Chicago, 1927. Hardcover. 4to. Thick dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Bump to front bottom corner, minor rubbing to hinges and spine. Slight yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean, tight and bright. Filled with illustrations throughout. 868 pages. Medicine. MED/5103. This is a heavy book and may require extra shipping. Very Good.
New York: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1901. Hardcover. Very good in original brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Browning, light wear, and stain to spine. The interior rear hinge has been repaired with green binders tape. Light browing to margins, else clean interior. Small closed tear to foredge of page 167. Leonard Carmichael's copy (1898 - 1973) with his ownership signature in pencil to front endpage. 361 pages. MED/110512. Very Good.